Review: The Pirates of Moonlit Bay (The Paladin Princess #1) by Samaire Provost (DNF)

The Pirates of Moonlit Bay Book Cover The Pirates of Moonlit Bay
The Paladin Princess #1
Samaire Provost
Epic Fantasy
Black Raven Books
July 1, 2019
eBook
408
Kindle Unlimited

 

Princess Charlotte's 18th birthday vacation is about to take a turn toward adventure.

Off the northwest coast of Alkebulan, far from her home of Swerighe, Charlotte and her maid Caroline are kidnapped, spirited away on a pirate ship pulled by giant manta rays, and sold as slaves to a reclusive sheikh.

But Charlotte is having none of that. How dare they treat her like this? The determined northlander and her servant are soon joined by Khepri, a healer in the employ of the sheikh, and Christianne, a fellow slave, in a daring plot to regain their freedom.

But so much stands in their way, from marauders and a deadly manticore, to a mysterious oasis that holds secrets they can't begin to fathom. The odds are against Charlotte and her companions surviving and making their way back home.

Alkebulan can be a dangerous place for a foreign princess. Charlotte will be forced to make some major adjustments if she and the others are to survive this journey.

Just when Charlotte thinks she's home free, she discovers the real reason she was kidnapped. Dark deceit and ancient prophecy swirl around her and threaten to swallow her whole.

Caught between two warring factions, Charlotte is pulled into a world of supernatural alchemy and unearthly magic where nothing is as it seems and even the simplest of sights cannot be trusted. She will have to have to shed her old paradigm and completely re-invent herself if she is to survive.

 

The Pirates of Moonlit Bay is book one in The Paladin Princessseries by Samaire Provost.

What captured me was the cover for this book and the others in the series. Unfortunately, I was having a difficult time getting into the story. It just wasn’t capturing me and keeping my attention. This could be that I wasn’t in the mood or it could be the book. I ended up stoping at 25%. I feel that 25 to 30 is a good point to stop if the story isn’t grabbing you. It means I gave it a good try.

When we start Charlotte is mad at her parents and is out for a walk which leads to her being kidnapped by Pirates and sold into slavery. Charlotte is rather irritating, spoiled, and gets herself into more trouble then is necessary. She can’t keep her mouth shut. I wasn’t connecting to her and I really wanted her to be older and more mature.

The world-building was lacking to me. I wanted more in this area. Maybe we get more the farther along we go, but it just didn’t feel like it. We do see at least one mythical creature and when I stopped our heroine and gang where stuck in a magical oasis.

The Pirates of Moonlit Bay was not the book for me. If the blurb intrigues you, I urge you to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you.

Rated: DNF 25%

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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I agree that cover really makes you want to grab it. Bummer it didn’t pull you in.

Melliane
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Oh that’s too bad, it looked good